Nominate your unsung heroes for an award

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UNSUNG community heroes can now be nominated for Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action (CAVA) Volunteer Awards.

Major changes to the awards system have been made so that four new categories are available for nominees. These include, long-service volunteer; young volunteer (under 25); community volunteer and group volunteer. The awards will be presented at the Benn Hall on November 11,

Cllr Howards Roberts, who lobbied the council to make the changes, said he was delighted the borough’s invisible army of volunteers could now be acknowledged.

He said: “My notion called for a new award system to honour those who are often overlooked. As the council explored options to facilitate my idea, it became clear that the most rapid and effective method would be to enhance the current CAVA awards and advertise the scheme more vividly.”

He continued: “What I am keen to achieve is recognition for the silent minority who engage in remarkable displays of selfless endeavour. I see these people in my role as councillor for Dunchurch and Knightlow and I will be looking to nominate several people.”

Last year’s winners for these awards were George Benson of Age Concern Warwickshire, Petra Williamson of WCAVA, Jess and David Upstone of Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and Rugby Traceurs.

Cllr Leigh Hunt, borough cabinet member for Sustainable Inclusive Communities, said: “Volunteers make a significant difference to the communities they support and deserve public recognition. Being shortlisted for these awards is an achievement in itself, and I am looking forward to seeing some inspirational stories about how people dedicate their lives to helping others.”

Individuals and organisations can download nomination forms from www.rugby.gov.uk or request one from Pauline Cassidy at WCAVA on (01788) 561293. Nominations must be received by Friday November 4.